The promotional products industry has a responsibility to deliver goods that are created in an ethical and responsible way by people in this country and around the world. In this panel presentation, Jeremy Lott and other key industry leaders will address the business imperatives of making a difference in the communities where we source, sell and ship our products. By working within industry guidelines and with international labor organizations, as well as building measurable compliance and social programs, we all can make a difference. Making social responsibility a cornerstone of a company’s strategy means that key decisions about sourcing, partnerships and product design are all heavily influenced by the company’s commitment to doing the right thing.
Today, as President of the family-owned business, Jeremy works in partnership with his father, Marty and his brother, Jordan. Over the years Jeremy learned the business from the inside out, from pulling orders to purchasing. After college and a stint studying in Hong Kong, he launched his career as an analyst for investment bank Piper Jaffray's technology team. Jeremy moved to Chicago in 2001 to earn his MBA, and then joined SanMar full-time. Adding strategy to vision, he continues to steward the company toward long-term growth and health. Proud of the opportunities given to so many tenured staff members to thrive, he often spends time "table-hopping" at the company's on-site café. He learns a lot during those casual conversations because, he says, employees have the pulse on what's really going on in their arenas. The father of six young children, Jeremy discovered that a work/life balance holds the key to maximum productivity. He enjoys spending time outdoors — skiing, hiking, boating and generally staying active.
Social Responsibility Specialist
As a Social Responsibility Specialist, Emily works to ensure that all SanMar products are produced in compliance with the highest social and environmental standards. She believes that business done well has the power to do good, and joined SanMar in 2016 to see that vision through. Her mission is to improve worker well-being and minimize environmental impacts in the apparel supply chain. With diverse experience spanning apparel, international community development and sustainability, she’s a Pacific Northwesterner who’s as at home in the rain as she is in the streets of Bangkok. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.